Ray Parlour backs former Arsenal teammate Remi Garde for Newcastle United job

Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes that Remi Garde would be a good managerial appointment for Newcastle United.

Arsenal great Ray Parlour has backed his former teammate Remi Garde to succeed as the Newcastle United manager.

Garde is reportedly one of the candidates for the Newcastle managerial job, which is vacant at the moment following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace.

The former France international, who was on the books of Arsenal from 1996 to 1999, is currently without a club after his departure from Lyon at the end of last season.

“He didn’t play on a regular basis at Arsenal, but he always had a great football knowledge,” Parlour told Sky Sports. “He was a nice man to work with in training. He was always involved and he always had a great attitude.

“He has done well in France, and I think that he will be a good appointment. He knows the Premier League which is important.

"At the moment, the options for Newcastle are getting slimmer and slimmer. As I said before, he has got a lot of experience working with top managers and with Arsene Wenger, and I am sure that he has learnt a lot from him as well.”

Garde left Lyon in the summer of his own accord, having won the Coupe de France and the Trophee des champions in 2012.

Despite not having worked as a manager in the Premier League, the 48-year-old’s experience of playing in the English top flight is an attractive proposition.

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